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Book Review of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative

A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative
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I read this because Mark Rosewater (of Magic the Gathering fame) recommended it in a number of his podcasts.

It's sort of a self-help book for people who want to be more creative. Or a study in the whys and wherefores of creativity. And if you're truly in a position where constantly reinventing your approach to become essentially institutionally (or even industrially) creative, this book has a lot of great approaches.

For the rest of us... It's nice to look back on when we're stumped about stuff, I suppose... But I'm not certain I take anything away from it directly. Maybe the next time I'm stumped on something it'll help, but in all honesty, it's been quite a while since I've been that kind of stumped. Perhaps rather than "more creative", what I truly desire in my own projects is "more artistry", which this book doesn't really address.

Anyway: it's got some nifty thoughts. It'll sit in the back of my mind for a while, and I probably won't trade the book away, so that I can come back to it in the future. It spoke truth, not shyster-ism, to me.

3 of 5 stars.


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